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A call for civilityCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

During the Christmas-Epiphany Season I had the pleasure of celebrating liturgies with both the Haitian Catholic Community on their Independence Day (January 1) and last week with the Cape Verdean Catholic ...

To be or not to be -- parsing the implications of suicideFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other ...

The ambassador's visit to Rome's American seminaryEd Condon

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 CNA.- On Jan. 10, Callista Gingrich, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, was a guest at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. She visited the college to receive ...

Recompense for a serious mistakeGeorge Weigel

I won't venture into classical Roman literature, which is not my forte, but I will say with assurance that the greatest modern Latin pun was the result of a schoolgirl prank. In 1844, General Charles ...

Catholic struggles with public education in 19th century BostonThomas Lester

Within the papers of Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick resides a letter written from Mayor Martin Brimmer of Boston, dated Jan. 28, 1843. Brimmer was writing to draw Bishop Fenwick's attention to a book being ...

The Class of '17Clark Booth

The distinguished class of 2017 is led by Milton Conrad Schmidt who came to us from Kitchener as the D'Artagnan of the fabled Kraut line and became the face of a noble hockey franchise for 80 years. Rarely ...

Benson's conversionRussell Shaw

It's said that Robert Hugh Benson's conversion to Roman Catholicism was an act of rebellion against his father, Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 until his death in 1896. Whether ...

Viva Cristo Rey!George Weigel

In the 1920s, when the United States had a quasi-Stalinist regime on its southern border, "Viva Cristo Rey!" was the defiant battle cry of the Cristeros who fought the radically secular Mexican government's ...

Aren't you happy Jesus is coming?Kathy Mears

Many, many years ago, my first grade class was in charge of the preparation of one of our school liturgies for Advent. It had been a tough year, as our school was going through many changes and some heartache ...

'No Room in the Inn'Thomas Lester

Within Cardinal Cushing's papers reside a number of Christmas sermons, but one in particular, entitled "No Room in the Inn," from the late 1950s stands out for his expressed concerns over many issues ...